Dog Fight: Buffalo Mountain Part II

Dog fight. No. BIrd Fight. No. Birds at Play!

I have not many times been able to look down on ravens. Buffalo Mountain, at almost 4000 feet, is one of the only places where this has been possible.

And each time there, we see these intelligent birds showing off, celebrating, playing and in mock-combat.

It is the latter that I believe is happening in this shot, taken from repeated “attacks” and defensive maneuvers by the victims. Then roles reversed and the dog fights continued.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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